There are different ways that I check if my students understand what they are learning. Here is the list of my checks for understanding.
Exit Tickets - After my students watch a video on brainhoney I like to give them an exit ticket to see if they understood the activity. Sometimes I also use it as checks for understanding after students work in groups.
Thumbs a meter - this a great quick way to see if my students understand what I am telling them. I ask students to show in front of their chest a thumb up, thumb sideways or thumb down. I usually use this after I give directions to see if students understand what they are suppose to do.
Fist to five - I use this to check students understanding of the learning target. I usually use fist to five check numerous times during the 45 minute class. I have a poster on my wall that I show to my students, totally stole the idea from pinterest.
Traffic Light - I use this after a hands on or group work activity. I give each student a sticky note and then ask them to complete one of the prompts based on the work they did in class that day.
Green - Today, I learned because...
Yellow - Today, I considered a question, an idea, or a new perspective...
Red - Today, my learning stopped because...
As they leave my room they post their sticky note on corresponding color of the poster that is on my door.
I came across this checks for understanding also while browsing pinterest, however after doing it for a year, I saw it in a video on teaching channel website. Here is the video: https://www.teachingchannel.org/videos/daily-lesson-assessment
3 - 2 - 1: I like to use this check for understanding after students watch a video. I ask them to write down 3 things that they learned, 2 vocabulary terms and their definitions, and 1 question that they had after watching the video. I have seen so many different variation of this check for understanding. You can have students define 3 vocabulary words, use 2 of them in a sentence, and 1 that still confuses them.
Socrative (Technology!!!): Of course because we have technology I also use socrative. I like to ask questions on socrative after I do a mini lesson. Then we go over the results so I can clarify anything before students start working in their groups. This also helps me to see if I need to pull some students and work with them in a small group while others are watching a video or working in their groups. Sometimes its time consuming to create the quizzes on socrative, but I just came across a google sheet that has a shared quiz list. Check it out: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1dtoP6ivVNJtqTw0d6OSKLEq5WlZZ7ak9onjU1kph0Co/edit#gid=1870625971
I am always open to trying new ways to asses my students, leave a comment with suggestions.